William McKane was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1921 and was educated lically and at the Universities of St Andrews and Glasgow. From 1941-45 he served in the Royal Air Force. He was ordained as a minister of the Church of Scotland in 1949 and was Minister in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, from 1949-53. He was Assistant in Hebrew in the University of Glasgow from 1953-56 and was Lecturer in Hebrew from 1956. He was author of I and II Samuel in the Torch Bible Commentaries.